Ministry

40 Questions about Pastoral Ministry

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40 Questions about Pastoral Ministry
$23.99
Veteran pastor Phil Newton provides trustworthy answers to 40 of the most common and pressing questions relating to the life and work of the pastor. Covering five major categories--such as development, practices, and preaching--Newton equips pastors to successfully handle everyday duties and challenges
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9780825446566
Publication Date: 
2021-01-26
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Kregel Academic & Professional

Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership

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Becoming a Pastor Theologian: New Possibilities for Church Leadership
$25.00
The roles of pastor and theologian have gone their separate ways. Throughout much of the church's history, these two roles have been deeply intertwined, but in our contemporary setting, a troubling bifurcation between them has developed. The result has been a theologically weakened church and an ecclesially weakened theology. The Center for Pastor Theologians (CPT) seeks to overcome this divide by assisting pastors in the study and production of biblical and theological scholarship for the theological renewal of the church and the ecclesial renewal of theology. Based on the first CPT conference in 2015, this volume brings together the reflections of church leaders and academic theologians to consider how pastoral ministry and theological scholarship might be reconnected once again. The contributors consider several facets of the complex identity of the pastor theologian, including the biblical, public, and political dimensions of this calling. In addition, the essays explore the insights that can be gained from historical examples of pastor theologians--including John Calvin, John Henry Newman and Dietrich Bonhoeffer--as well as the essential role of Scripture within the ministry of the pastor theologian.
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9780830851713
Publication Date: 
2016-09-27
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IVP Academic

Big Idea Companion for Preaching and Teaching: A Guide from Genesis to Revelation

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Big Idea Companion for Preaching and Teaching: A Guide from Genesis to Revelation
$39.99
Haddon Robinson's widely used and influential text, Biblical Preaching, has influenced generations of students and preachers. In The Big Idea Companion for Preaching and Teaching, trusted leading evangelical homileticians, teachers of preaching, and experienced pastors demonstrate that Robinson's "big idea" approach to expository preaching still works in today's diverse cultures and fast-paced world.

This accessible resource offers an insider's view on figuring out the big idea of each book of the Bible, helping preachers and teachers check their interpretation of particular biblical books and passages. The contributors offer tips on how to divide each book of the Bible into preaching and teaching passages, guidance on difficult passages and verses, cultural perspectives for faithful application, and suggested resources for interpreting, preaching, and teaching. Pastors, teachers, Bible study leaders, small groups, and college and seminary students and professors will find a wealth of valuable information in this resource.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781540961792
Publication Date: 
2021-04-01
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Built on the Rock: The Healthy Congregation

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Built on the Rock: The Healthy Congregation
$16.99
This book, written by a Certified Christian Conciliator with more than 20 years of experience in church reconciliation, offers practical advice for improving the spiritual health of congregations and the ministers that lead them.
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9780758658067
Publication Date: 
2017-09-19
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Concordia Publishing House

Called to Serve: A Theology of Commissioned Ministry

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Called to Serve: A Theology of Commissioned Ministry
$15.99
All too often, commissioned workers struggle to know their place in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. How do they find their place without setting themselves up to be viewed as public ministers or be viewed as holding merely one of many offices of the larger office of public ministry? Is it possible to have a high view of the pastoral office and of the ministry of commissioned workers while at the same time not sacrificing the dignity of either, nor confusing the theological and historical significance of both? This book argues that it can-and should-be done.

Commissioned ministers in the LCMS who desire to better understand their theological place in ministry will highly value this book. In addition, church work programs across the Synod would benefit from making use of the book as a text to help teach a properly balanced and respectful approach to the office of public ministry, as it relates to both pastors and commissioned ministers.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780758662521
Publication Date: 
2019-06-25
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Called?: Pastoral Guidance for the Divine Call to Gospel Ministry

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Called?: Pastoral Guidance for the Divine Call to Gospel Ministry
$12.99

Only those who have an undeniable calling from God will be fit for the challenges and strains of the ministry life. But how do you test a calling and how do you proceed if you are certain its legitimacy?

From the theology of being called, to selecting a seminary, to beginning life as a pastor, Michael Milton looks to the Word of God for answers and guidance, as well as drawing on his own experience as a Presbyterian minister.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781527101128
Publication Date: 
2018-04-06
Publisher: 
Christian Focus Publications

Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor's Heart

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Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor's Heart
$21.99
2020 Christianity Today Book Award Winner for Church/Pastoral Leadership
2019 TGC Ministry Book of the Year Winner
2020 ECPA Christian Book Award Winner for Ministry Resources.

Drawing on a lifetime of pastoral experience, The Care of Souls is a beautifully written treasury of proven wisdom which pastors will find themselves turning to again and again.

Harold Senkbeil helps remind pastors of the essential calling of the ministry: preaching and living out the Word of God while orienting others in the same direction. And he offers practical and fruitful advice--born out of his five decades as a pastor--that will benefit both new pastors and those with years in the pulpit.

In a time when many churches have lost sight of the real purpose of the church, The Care of Souls invites a new generation of pastors to form the godly habits and practical wisdom needed to minister to the hearts and souls of those committed to their care.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781683593010
Publication Date: 
2019-06-26
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Lexham Press

Caring: Six Steps for Effective Pastoral Conversations

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Caring: Six Steps for Effective Pastoral Conversations
$18.99

Caring: Six Steps for Effective Pastoral Conversations is designed to help ministers and pastoral care givers solve one of their most significant problems. They are called upon to "fix" all manner of human problems, and this expectation often leaves them feeling overwhelmed, highly stressed, or woefully unprepared. Help is available! Author Denise Massey will teach readers how to coach people to access their own spiritual and personal resources, invoking both God's help and the person's own deep inner wisdom.

The six steps of the CARING process can transform ministry conversations from floundering and uncertain to powerful and effective. These steps of facilitating powerful problem-solving conversation are ones that the minister and the person receiving care take together. The acronym CARING will help the minister remember both the steps and the ultimate purpose of the conversation.

C Connect with God, self, and others.
A Attend to the journey and assess the need.
R Reach clarity about the realistic focus for this conversation.
I Inspire the development of a loving action plan.
N Navigate around obstacles to the plan.
G Generate commitment to a specific, loving action plan.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781501884580
Publication Date: 
2019-11-05
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Abingdon Press

Christ and Calamity: Grace and Gratitude in the Darkest Valley

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Christ and Calamity: Grace and Gratitude in the Darkest Valley
$9.99

2021 Christianity Today Beautiful Orthodoxy Award of Merit

Lord, do you not care if we perish?

That's what the frightened disciples shouted to Jesus as he slept in the stern of a storm-tossed boat. In the midst of suffering and uncertainty, we're all prone to think that God has forgotten us, he doesn't care, or he's powerless to do anything.

And that's true of us in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Christ and Calamity, Harold L. Senkbeil speaks pastorally to our suffering and uncertainty. Senkbeil shows God's constant and faithful grace to us. With Paul he encourages us: "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thess 5:16-18).

Calamities come in many different sizes, and God addresses them all in his word and by his Spirit. Even when we don't see or feel it, God is always faithful.

"If I dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me" (Ps 139:9-10).

The disciples' faith in the midst of the storm may have been weak, but Jesus was mighty to save. And he will save you, too. No matter how small your faith, you can count on him to hear your anguished cry and to answer.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781683594437
Publication Date: 
2020-06-03
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Lexham Press

Christ Have Mercy: How to Put Your Faith in Action

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Christ Have Mercy: How to Put Your Faith in Action
$16.99
Through Scripture study, real-life experiences, and the writings of Lutheran Church Fathers, Christ Have Mercy urges Christians to consider the innumerable opportunities we have to show mercyto fellow Christians and to anyone God places in our path. Includes Study Guide
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9780758615015
Publication Date: 
2008-06-01
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Concordia Publishing House

Church Leadership & Strategy: For the Care of Souls

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Church Leadership & Strategy: For the Care of Souls
$9.99
Christ's sheep need shepherding. That's where you come in.

With more than 60 years of ministry between them, Harold Senkbeil and Lucas Woodford have come to understand that everything in ministry-even administration, leadership, and planning-revolves around the ancient tradition of the care of souls. Pastors are entrusted with the care of a flock by the Good Shepherd and are called to be faithful to this task. But pastoring seems to be getting more and more difficult.

Based on a sound theological framework, Senkbeil and Woodford present a set of practical tools for church leadership and strategy. Calling on their vast experience, they encourage pastors to protect, guide, and feed their flock as Jesus would, bridging the eternal wisdom of the word of God with the everyday practicality of hands-on leadership.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781683593157
Publication Date: 
2019-11-06
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Lexham Press

Congregation in a Secular Age: Keeping Sacred Time Against the Speed of Modern Life

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Congregation in a Secular Age: Keeping Sacred Time Against the Speed of Modern Life
$26.99
Churches often realize they need to change. But if they're not careful, the way they change can hurt more than help.

In this culmination of his well-received Ministry in a Secular Age trilogy, leading practical theologian Andrew Root offers a new paradigm for understanding the congregation in contemporary ministry. He articulates why congregations feel pressured by the speed of change in modern life and encourages an approach that doesn't fall into the negative traps of our secular age.

Living in late modernity means our lives are constantly accelerated, and calls for change in the church often support this call to speed up. Root asserts that the recent push toward innovation in churches has led to an acceleration of congregational life that strips the sacred out of time. Many congregations are simply unable to keep up, which leads to burnout and depression. When things move too fast, we feel alienated from life and the voice of a living God.

The Congregation in a Secular Age calls congregations to reimagine what change is and how to live into this future, helping them move from relevance to resonance.





ISBN/SKU: 
9780801098482
Publication Date: 
2021-01-19
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Baker Academic

Eutychus Youth: Applied Theology for Youth Ministry in the 21st Century

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Eutychus Youth: Applied Theology for Youth Ministry in the 21st Century
$20.99
This book examines what Lutheran theology adds to the whole field of youth ministry that isn't found elsewhere. It begins with an introduction to Eutychus, who is a paradigm of adolescent development.
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9780758625694
Publication Date: 
2010-07-02
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Concordia Publishing House

Foundations of Chaplaincy: A Practical Guide

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Foundations of Chaplaincy: A Practical Guide
$24.99

An approachable overview of the nature, purpose, and functional roles of chaplaincy

Chaplaincy is unlike any other kind of ministry. It involves working outside a church, without a congregation, usually in a secular organization. It requires ministering to those with starkly different religious convictions, many of whom may never enter a house of worship. It is, as Alan Baker writes, "ministry in motion." Those who are embarking upon this unique and specialized call deserve equally unique and specialized guidance, and Foundations of Chaplaincy offers exactly that.

Baker surveys the biblical and theological foundations of chaplaincy before enumerating four specific responsibilities and skills that define chaplaincy's "ministry of presence" providing, facilitating, caring, and advising. Baker's thorough guidance on these matters is supplemented in sidebars with practical advice and anecdotes from over thirty chaplains currently serving in a variety of settings and organizations.

Chaplains who serve in healthcare, the military, correctional institutions, police and fire departments, sports teams, college campuses, and corporations have essential roles to play in their respective organizations, but theirs is rarely an easy calling. With Foundations of Chaplaincy as an introduction and an ongoing reference, those called to this important vocation may be assured of having the tools they need to cultivate a strong, mission-driven pastoral identity rooted in their own theological tradition while simultaneously participating in a multi-faith team.

ISBN/SKU: 
9780802877499
Publication Date: 
2021-02-18
Publisher: 
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company

God with Us: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Sermons

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God with Us: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany Sermons
$16.00
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9781934328118
Publication Date: 
2014-09-14
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Emmanuel Press

Handling the Word of Truth, Revised Ed.

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Handling the Word of Truth, Revised Ed.
$15.99
This book draws on C. F. W. Walthers Law and Gospel theses to present and apply these foundational truths to contemporary Christian faith and living.
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9780758648952
Publication Date: 
2015-07-15
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Concordia Publishing House

Hearers and Doers: A Pastor's Guide to Making Disciples Through Scripture and Doctrine

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Hearers and Doers: A Pastor's Guide to Making Disciples Through Scripture and Doctrine
$19.99
The foundation of discipleship is sound, scriptural doctrine.

The value of sound doctrine is often misunderstood by the modern church. While it can be dry and dull, when it flows from the story of Scripture, it can be full of life and love. This kind of doctrine, steeped in Scripture, is critical for disciple-making. And it's often overlooked by modern pastors.

In Hearers and Doers, Kevin Vanhoozer makes the case that pastors, as pastor-theologians, ought to interpret Scripture theologically to articulate doctrine and help cultivate disciples. scriptural doctrine is vital to the life of the church, and local pastor-theologians should be the ones delivering it to their communities.

With arresting prose and striking metaphors, Vanhoozer addresses the most pressing problems in the modern church with one answer: teach sound, scriptural doctrine to make disciples.

ISBN/SKU: 
9781683591344
Publication Date: 
2019-05-15
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Lexham Press

How to Keep Your Church Out of Court

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How to Keep Your Church Out of Court
$7.99
Addresses the need for development and maintenance of physically and legally safe church premises. Includes personnel issues.
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9780758600646
Publication Date: 
2002-07-01
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Idea and Practice of a Christian University: A Lutheran Approach

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Idea and Practice of a Christian University: A Lutheran Approach
$39.99
A holistic vision of Christian higher education from academics to athletics, regents to students. It offers a biblical, Lutheran vision rooted in the interaction of faith and learning and oriented toward the cultivation of wisdom and vocation for freedom and service to society, nature, and the Church. Discussion questions are included at the end of each chapter.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758650405
Publication Date: 
2015-06-02
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church

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Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church
$26.99

The church is experiencing a leadership crisis.

What can we do to prevent pastors from leaving the ministry?

For every celebrity pastor exiting the ministry in the spotlight, there are many more lesser-known pastors leaving in the shadows. Pastor and best-selling author Paul David Tripp argues that lurking behind every pastoral failure is the lack of a strong leadership community. Tripp draws on his decades of ministry experience to give churches twelve gospel principles necessary to combat this leadership crisis. Each of these principles, built upon characteristics such as humility, dependency, and accountability, will enable new and experienced leaders alike to focus their attention on the ultimate leadership model: the gospel.

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9781433567636
Publication Date: 
2020-09-15
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Crossway Books

Living Word

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Living Word
$26.00
The teaching of Dr Gustaf Wingren,Professor at the University of Lund, is beginning to dominate the theological scene in Sweden. Through previously translated books it is also beginning to make its mark in the English-speaking world. This is the translation of Dr Wingrcn's most important book to date-a systematic and profoundly argued treatment of the major themes in Christian theology in relation to the contemporary preacher's proclamation of the living Word of God in the Church.
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9781579109424
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Lutheran Education: From Wittenberg to the Future

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Lutheran Education: From Wittenberg to the Future
$42.99
Dr. Korcok examines how the Evangelical understanding of Baptism, vocation, and catechesis has shaped Lutheran education throughout its history. He describes the historical Lutheran model of education and how that model might be used today. This book will be of interest to classical educators and those studying C. F. W. Walther, who features prominently in the research (2011 is the 200th anniversary of Walther's birth).
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9780758628343
Publication Date: 
2011-01-01
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Concordia Publishing House

Lutheran Primer for Preaching: A Theological Approach to Sermon Writing

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Lutheran Primer for Preaching: A Theological Approach to Sermon Writing
$12.99
An aide in assisting Pastors in understanding the theology behind the act of preaching, and provides students the forum to discuss some of the necessities that should be considered in sermon writing.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758651495
Publication Date: 
2015-04-30
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Martin Luther Preacher of the Cross

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Martin Luther Preacher of the Cross
$26.99
Martin Luther was not only a theologian but a pastor engaged in the care of souls. This resource provides evidence for Luther's application of his evangelical theology to consciences burdened with sin, haunted by death, and afflicted by the devil.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758611130
Publication Date: 
2013-10-01
Publisher: 
Concordia Publishing House

Natural Law: A Lutheran Reappraisal

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Natural Law: A Lutheran Reappraisal
$25.99
Do human beings share a common morality? Natural Law: A Lutheran Reappraisal presents engaging essays from contemporary Lutheran scholars, teachers, and pastors, each offering a fresh reappraisal of natural law within the context of historic Lutheran teaching and practice. Thought provoking questions following each essay will help readers apply key Bible texts associated with natural law to their daily lives.
ISBN/SKU: 
9780758627339